Planning for Your Move

Planning for Your Move

Planning for Your Move

The following planner has been designed to help you plan ahead to help make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.

ONE MONTH PRIOR TO MOVE DATE


  • Book a moving company
    • This is the latest you'll want to wait to reserve the services of a moving and storage company to ensure that sufficient trucks and workers are available.
    • For a summer move, you should allow two to three months if at all possible
  • Order moving supplies in advance so that you can begin a methodical packing
  • Sort, discard or donate unwanted items. Don’t pay to move items unnecessarily
    • Many charitable organizations will pick up household items from your home
  • Confirm elevator, loading dock, and parking arrangements for moving day at both the origin and destination locations
  • Begin packing rarely used items (e.g., china, books)
    • Be sure to clearly label the boxes with your name, contents, and the destination of the contents (for example, "DR" for Dining Room)
  • Begin to use supplies of canned foods, frozen foods and other household items
    • Buy only what will be used before the move

TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO MOVE DATE


  • Notify utility companies and other service providers per their requirements.
    • Water will be transferred at closing. For all other utilities, call to have the services either initiated or cancelled starting the day you take/give possession
  • Begin the process of disassembling bulky items such as pool tables, swing sets, etc.
  • Make arrangements for babysitters and pet sitters for moving day
  • Arrange for time off from work in order to be present on moving day

ONE WEEK PRIOR TO MOVE DAY


  • Confirm the moving date and time with your moving company
  • Remove fragile and loose items from drawers and pack them carefully in small boxes
  • Notify subscription newspapers, magazines, and periodicals of new address information
  • Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired
  • Return library books, anything borrowed from friends and collect your loaned out items

ONE DAY PRIOR TO MOVE DAY


  • Separate and label the items that you do not want the crew to transport
  • Set aside keys, passports, travel documents, jewelry, cash, credit cards checkbooks & prescription medication that should be moved personally
  • Consolidate clearly marked boxes of fragile items in one area of your home
  • Identify furniture that is fragile or weakened and make a note to inform moving crew
  • Defrost, drain, wash, and dry refrigerators and freezers
  • Drain gas and oil from lawn mowers and any other equipment
  • Disconnect propane tanks from gas grills, as the crew will be unable to transport it
  • Clear and clean your walkways and driveway

ON MOVING DAY


  • Double-check closets, drawers, shelves, attic space, garage and sheds to be sure nothing is left behind
  • Inform moving crew of fragile pieces of furniture, fragile boxes and personal boxes
  • Place items you plan to take personally and label with a sign stating “DO NOT LOAD”
    • Carry important documents, currency, medications and jewelry yourself

AFTER ARRIVING AT YOUR NEW HOME


  • Notify friends and family of your new address
  • Confirm that telephones and utilities are in working order at destination location
  • Renew/revise your driver's license and vehicle registration
  • Revise your will and other legal documents with new address and contact information
  • Order new checks from your bank
  • Change your address for all of the following;
    • Employers/paychecks
    • Bank statements/accounts
    • Investments/Retirement
    • Personal accounts
    • Car payments
    • Credit cards
    • Insurance
    • Children's schools
    • Phone
    • Cable/Internet
    • Gym membership
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers
    • Charity Organizations

Source: Amazing Moves and Johnson Storage & Moving